Drop 2 Chord Inversions for Jazz Guitar
Along with their closely related cousins the Drop 3 Chords, Drop 2 Chord Inversions are some of the most popular and commonly used voicings in jazz guitar.
They are easy to play, don’t require a lot of stretches, and because of their “jazzy” sound, they’ve become favorite comping and chord soloing tools for players such as Joe Pass, Ed Bickert, Wes Montgomery and George Benson.
Drop 2 Chord Inversions are built by stacking four notes together, on adjacent strings, with the following interval patterns:
- Root Position: R-5th-7th-3rd
- 1st Inversion: 3rd-7th-Root-5th
- 2nd Inversion: 5th-Root-3rd-7th
- 3rd Inversion: 7th-3rd-5th-Root
Notice how the 3rd and 7th, as well as the Root and 5th, are always next to each other in these voicings.
This knowledge will help you memorize Drop 2 Chords, as well as understand the theory behind how they are built.
Feel free to use this page as a reference point for Drop 2 Chords, rather than memorize them all at once.
The following chord dictionary contains Drop 2 voicings for:
- Major 7
- Dominant 7
- Minor 7
- Half Diminished
- Minor Major 7
Drop 2 Chord Inversions – Maj7
Drop 2 Chord Inversions 7th
Drop 2 Chord Inversions m7
Drop 2 Chord Inversions m7b5
Drop 2 Chord Inversions Dim7
Drop 2 Chord Inversions mMaj7
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